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Online MBA

Essentials

At a glance

MBA Business Administration (Online)

UCAS Code
N1T717
Course Duration
2 years (part-time)
Mode of study
Part Time
Location
Durham City
Start Date
02/10/2017
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The Durham Online MBA programme will enhance your key business and leadership capabilities to enable you to achieve your career aspirations whilst you continue in full-time employment, so you can apply what you learn directly into the organisation you work for. More

Course Summary

Course Summary

Description

Flexibility is at the heart of the Durham Online MBA programme as you can personalise your programme to meet your career goals. You can study fully online, complete some of your learning at Durham, and undertake relevant optional modules.

The global spread of students, alumni and faculty will give you the ability to network virtually with people from across the world, and from a wide-range of business sectors.

Online MBA in detail

Structured around a two year study calendar, you can choose to undertake the programme 100% online or take a blended approach where you combine your online learning with residential modules. Whichever way you choose, our comprehensive induction will equip you with an essential toolkit of study skills to help you prepare for your MBA.

Our virtual learning environment is at the heart of your Online MBA experience. Through this you will receive online lectures, podcasts and webinars, as well as participating in a range of e-learning activities, discussion boards and virtual group work. There is a virtual campus, complete with powerful social networking tools to keep you in touch with your fellow students wherever they are in the world.

This virtual campus is supported with an annual Summer School held here in Durham, which brings together students from around the world to provide support and inspiration to drive you forward.

You will be expected to devote around 15 hours per week to study, and if you choose to undertake core modules at Durham these will typically take place in April and October.

Your online personal career advancement service is also core to the Online MBA programme, accelerating your leadership capabilities to realise your full potential. Gaining global business experience is also an option through the International Business in Context module, which will give you the ability to operate within an international business environment.    

Course structure

You will complete:

  • Five core modules
  • Two optional  modules
  • Strategic Case Analysis

Five core modules

These are the foundation of your programme – establishing the management knowledge, understanding and research skills every leader needs. 

  • Accounting, Finance and Economics
  • Leading and Managing People
  • Marketing
  • Operations and Technology
  • Strategic Management

Two optional modules

Depending on your career aspirations, you can either choose to study two optional modules that you find particularly interesting and most relevant to your future career.

Or alternatively, you can choose to study two modules within a structured pathway focusing on the area of entrepreneurship, consultancy or technology.

Modules on offer are dependent on demand, but in previous years have included:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • New Venture Creation
  • Management Consultancy
  • Project Management
  • Business Analytics
  • Technology Innovation
  • International Business in Context

Pathways

  • Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation,
  • Consultancy: Management Consultancy and Project Management, or
  • Technology: Business Analytics and Technology Innovation

Strategic Case Analysis

The Strategic Case Analysis replaces the traditional university dissertation. It is an in-depth study of key organisational issues, which is more in keeping with the needs of business and management today. It is an opportunity to apply the knowledge you have acquired through core and optional modules to a project that is of relevance to you, for example in your own organisation, a supplier, a competitor or another organisation in the private, public or voluntary sector.

Summer School

The Online MBA Summer School brings together students from around the world to provide support and inspiration to drive you forward.

This optional Summer School usually takes place during a week in July, and gives you the opportunity to study optional modules and take part in a rich menu of personal advancement workshops.

Hosted by the Business School, in the beautiful city of Durham, the Summer School also includes stimulating speaker events, a variety of social events, and a truly unique opportunity to taste the Durham experience. 

Course Detail

Course Detail

To find out more about the modules available to students studying at Durham University in 2016 please click here.

Please note: Current modules are indicative. Information for future academic years may change, for example, due to developments in the relevant academic field, or in light of student feedback.

Learning and Teaching

Course Learning and Teaching

The programme is structured around six core modules, plus a compulsory research methods module, with a further five elective module choices. This is followed by a 15,000 word dissertation to allow students to carry out independent research and develop their skills in analysis and scholarly expression, using an appropriate theoretical framework. 

The Global MBA and Global MBA Finance are designed flexibly to the needs of students who are based around the world, meaning students have the ability to blend the delivery of their modules and choose between distance learning and taught residential sessions.

Residential modules involve four days of intensive lecture based study, led by the module leader and supported by a course textbook and access to lecture materials on the virtual learning environment. Distance learning modules are delivered using specially written and recorded resources produced under the supervision of the module leader; students also benefit from access to a tutor throughout each module. The role of the tutor is to provide support at a distance (generally by email, but also by telephone or group discussion boards if appropriate) by providing feedback on formative assignments and being available for consultation and advice. Tutor support and feedback to the students is monitored by the module leader(s) responsible for overseeing module content, structure and delivery.

Students choosing either taught or distance learning routes also benefit from a virtual classroom experience in the form of live webinar sessions led by either the module leader or tutor for the module. This provides an opportunity for smaller groups of students to discuss and debate issues based on knowledge gained through lectures and independent study outside the programme’s formal contact hours.

In either route, lectures and learning resources provide key information on a particular topic, and identify main areas for discussion and debate within current managerial thinking. Students are further supported in writing their dissertation through the study of research methods, and through contact with an allocated supervisor. The role of the supervisor is to provide guidance in the formulation of the research methods and advice in its analysis and presentation as well as helping to inform the academic research process.

Students can also attend an annual Summer School held at Durham which offers a range of workshops based on modules in the programme in addition to career advice, guest speakers and networking opportunities. They also have the opportunity to attend an International Study Week at an overseas location, which offers the opportunity to learn about the business, economy and culture of another country, gain an ‘insider perspective’ on international businesses and network with key business staff. 

Outside of timetabled contact hours, students are expected to undertake their own independent study in preparation for seminars, assignments and other forms of assessment including exams, and general background reading to broaden their subject knowledge. All members of teaching staff are also available to provide additional support on a one-to-one basis via weekly consultation hours.

Students are welcomed and encouraged to visit the Business School at any time, both to resolve academic problems and to visit the Programme Office and use the School’s facilities.

Requirements and Admissions

Admissions Process

Subject requirements, level and grade

  • A minimum of three (preferably five) years' relevant work experience since graduation of a managerial nature.
  • An Upper Second Class Bachelor Degree or international equivalent.

This course includes online activities, you will need a computer with reliable internet access. Our recommended operating systems are Microsoft Windows 7+ or Apple Mac MacOSx 10.9+.

We recommend a minimum 1 Mbps internet connection but a greater bandwidth (up to 8Mbps) will provide a better experience for some resources and events. If relying on an employer’s internet connection, be aware that firewall restrictions and policies may exist that prevent access to all or part of the course.

You will need:

  • Recommended web browser Windows: Internet Explorer 11+, Chrome 39+, Firefox 34+ MAC OSX: Safari 8+, Chrome 39+, Firefox 34+
  • The ability to open and edit Microsoft Office documents (e.g. Microsoft Office, OpenOffice or access to Googledocs)
  • Flash player
  • JAVA
  • Ability to open .pdf documents (e.g. Adobe Reader)
  • A headset or headphones and microphone

To participate fully in some online events students should have a webcam and to access some tools and resources you may need the ability to install software.

How do I apply?

You will need to complete the online application form.

As well as your online application, please submit the following:

  • Your CV or resume including: full details of previous employment, dates of employment, main duties and responsibilities, salary per annum (in £ sterling) and any periods of unemployment including dates and an explanation
  • Two employer references 
  • Copy of your degree certificate (where appropriate)
  • Copy of your English test results (where appropriate)

Download a reference form.

For more information, or help with your application, contact pg.bus@durham.ac.uk

English Language requirements

Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

How to apply

www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply

Fees and Funding

Fees and Funding

The total fee for the two year programme is £21,000, payable across the duration of the programme.

Included in the fee:

  • Induction (taught in Durham, or online)
  • Online teaching materials
  • Library access (including access to subscription journals)
  • Tutor support

Not included:

  • Travel and accommodation to any taught modules (including International Business in Context)
  • Optional text books (may be suggested by Module Leaders for further reading)

For more information please visit www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/finance/

Note: Fees are subject to review and change in-line with inflation.

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

Scholarships and funding

www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/finance

Open Days and Visits

Open days and visits

Pre-application open day

www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit

Overseas Visit Schedule

www.durham.ac.uk/international/office/meetus

Postgraduate Visits

PGVI or

www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit/

Career Development Programme

Personal Career Advancement

Your personal career advancement is an integral part of your Online MBA journey. Designed by identifying what global MBA recruiters demand and in consultation with MBA alumni, you will build, explore, discover and create your profile to elevate your global career.

Our Careers team provide a dedicated personal consultancy service to all MBA students and graduates. Whether you’re looking to advance your career within your current function or sector, or switching career path, they will support you throughout your programme and beyond.

Enhance your Employability

Through our extensive international business connections, you have the opportunity to engage with world-class recruiters, corporate connections and alumni from around the world.

One-to-one appointments with an MBA Career Consultant are designed to help you with specific issues, from finding a route into your career to applying for your dream role. Our professional team can also connect you with other organisations or individuals to help kick-start your career.

Career Workshops

These workshops are held throughout the year in Durham and are designed to enhance your personal skills. Core sessions include career and skills strategies, interview skills, developing a CV and covering letter.

Sector Specific Presentations

These sessions are delivered in Durham by specialists from within the industry. Subjects range from careers in finance, consultancy to renewable energy.

Accelerate your Capabilities

Your key leadership capabilities will be honed and enhanced through your MBA experience, to provide you with the practical knowledge and training you need to succeed.

Online Resources

Durham students and alumni have access to a comprehensive selection of career development resources and tools, which include global job boards and international recruiter databases, an e-learning platform, newsrooms, video library and an annual career and leadership development webinar series.

Alumni Career Support

You can continue to make the most of our specialist career development advice after you graduate - from coaching with our MBA Career Consultants to workshops in locations in key global markets. You’ll also be able to attend online webinars and access the online career resources.

Accommodation and Facilities

All the residential elements of the programme take place in the magnificent setting of Ushaw College. It’s a beautiful, historic building set in 30 acres of gardens a few miles out of the Durham city centre. And our students tell us it’s a fantastic place to learn.

Built in 1808 and first founded as the Catholic Seminary for the North of England, Ushaw College has a long tradition of teaching and learning. As far back as 1890, courses here were affiliated to Durham University. Today, continuing its rich history of education, the College is home to Durham University Theology and Ministry students, as well as our own executive course delegates. With state-of-the-art teaching facilities, including a dedicated IT suite, College blends the ancient with the modern to create a unique and truly memorable learning experience.

Take a virtual tour of Ushaw College

Travelling to Ushaw College


This location introduces new, different and exciting aspects to the learning experience.

"Ushaw College gives students the space and tranquillity to learn in an environment steeped in history. The quality of the transformation of the historic college buildings into a world class business school, with associated facilities, has been nothing short of exceptional. This location introduces new, different and exciting aspects to the learning experience at Durham University Business School. I feel privileged to have experienced it."

Rebecca Walters, Durham graduate

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Our Students Say

Online MBA

At Graduation in June, we spoke to our newest graduates to discover their Online MBA highlights.


Anthony Short

Online MBA (graduated January 2017)

Why did you choose Durham University Business School?
I wanted to do my MBA at a world-class university with an excellent reputation, and the flexibility of the Online MBA appealed to me.

What were the main highlights of your degree?
Spending time in Durham with high quality lecturers.

What would you say to someone thinking about studying your programme at Durham University Business School?
Don't hesitate. Do it and you won't regret it.

How will your studies help your future career?
It already has. I secured a new Managing Director role, and having an MBA was one of the criteria that helped me differentiate myself from other candidates.

What does achieving your degree and winning your prize mean to you?
Everything. Pride and a fantastic reward for the hard work involved in achieving my MBA.

What are your plans after graduation?
Applying the learning from my MBA on a daily basis and helping to coach and mentor my team. Hopefully I’ll encourage one or two to apply to DUBS.

Online MBA at Durham University Business School online or blended

Christine Hartridge

Works at Philips Health Systems

I chose the Durham Online MBA to broaden my business networks and for my own personal and professional development.

The DUBS Online MBA blended learning approach is very attractive, allowing you to complete modules online or in a classroom environment. The classroom taught modules are great in providing an environment to meet fellow students and share knowledge and experience, and give you a network of colleagues around the world.

As with any study while you are in full-time employment, the Online MBA was challenging in time and effort, but it immediately proved relevant and valuable in my working environment, giving me the confidence to think differently and try new techniques in my daily work activities as well as introducing me to new subjects and topics that I would not otherwise have been exposed to.

The Online MBA will broaden your business network via working with fellow students, taking advantage of all DUBS industry connections, seminars where you can meet industry experts, business networking events and the ongoing benefits of the DUBS alumini network.

Since completing my MBA I have a new role with Philips Healthcare where I’ve been able to use the experience, knowledge and techniques I’ve gained to build and expand the business area.

Online MBA at Durham University Business School online or blended

Claire Osborn

MBA

I started my own business at 21 and lost it at 31, basically because I just didn’t know enough about running a business. I realised that being passionate isn’t enough; I needed to understand the academic theory behind it.

At that point I was working full-time, so the flexibility of the Online route was perfect; I could fit studying around all my other commitments. And even though it was online I still experienced a fantastic cultural mix. I was interacting with, and learning from, students from all over the world, which is incredibly valuable. And you have the opportunity to meet them in person if you choose to study one of the classroom-taught modules.

If you are considering an MBA and can attend an open day I would encourage you to do so. You will meet other people who are also nervous about returning to education and who have their own challenges to face.

The MBA was very challenging, but it was also one of the best experiences of my life. The support is fantastic, and there’s always someone to answer any questions you have.

I still have a passion to run my own business, and the MBA has given me the confidence to try again. This time, I have the knowledge and the skills to succeed.

Travis Callaway

Director, Private Equity at Strategic Equity Corp

I spent hundreds of hours researching and comparing top MBA programmes in Canada, the United States, and Europe before selecting Durham University Business School’s MBA. The programme exceeded all of my expectations and benefited me in ways I never expected.

Many elements of the Durham MBA contribute to making it an exceptional programme. Firstly, Durham University's storied past and prestigious rankings as well as the Business School's international reputation and accreditation-status are invaluable. Other programmes with comparable repute are significantly more expensive and the Durham MBA thus offers terrific value-for-money. Secondly, few other MBA programmes provide the opportunity to study in such a memorable setting. Durham itself is a historic, lively, and beautiful place which offers numerous distractions when you need a break from your studies. Thirdly, Durham's unique collegiate system ensures students feel connected to the school regardless of where they come from. Your college serves as your "home away from home" and facilitates participation in life as a Durham University student even if you're only on campus a handful of times per year. Finally, the Business School uniquely blends a modern corporate environment with Durham’s exceptional history. You’ll find yourself gazing at one of the world's greatest cathedrals literally minutes after a lecture in a state-of-the-art theatre, which is truly remarkable.

The entire MBA curriculum was challenging, relevant, and valuable. Campus-based modules offered terrific networking opportunities with classmates from around the world while online modules were well-supported by video lectures, discussion boards, and collaborative webinars. Elective classes were offered spanning subjects such as entrepreneurship and start-up businesses, management consultancy, strategy, corporate finance, and marketing. Given my desire to pursue a career in finance and investing I was able to focus my studies on the intricacies of capital markets, the realities of managerial and financial accounting practice, the complexities of raising and allocating capital, the appraisal of investment projects and financial securities, and the drivers of value and wealth creation. I became more strategic, analytical, and intelligent while studying for the degree and the MBA developed my communication, managerial, and technical competencies.

The Durham MBA helped me break into a highly competitive industry shortly after graduation. I attribute my career success largely to the knowledge, skills, and work ethic I gained while an MBA student. The Durham MBA was a transformative experience for me and studying at Durham University Business School is undoubtedly among the best decisions I've ever made.

Dominic Morgan

Global Head of Transfer Pricing, Colfax Corporation and Global Tax Director, ESAB
Global MBA (Finance), graduating with Distinction

Whilst being born in the UK and living most of my life there, I have lived in Switzerland since 2007. In considering my options to complete an MBA I had to factor in my circumstances which included a young family, being recently married and work demands. I would not have wanted nor had the financial means to study full time and distance learning was the only real option. In terms of universities which provide this option, Durham stood out has having easily the best reputation and stature.

I had never worked via distance learning previously and I was a little sceptical as to how this would work and indeed, would the MBA actually feel like an MBA in completing in such means? I decided that I would first only complete one module to see how the process would work and was very surprised at first at how professional and efficient the learning system and resources were. Firstly the learning system of “duo” gave remote access to a wide number of superb resource databases. Secondly the quality of the learning materials was very high with recorded lectures in some parts to either watch/listen online at your convenience or download. Indeed there was a period during my studies where I travelled extensively, and downloaded these to my iPod to stream to the car to study whilst driving every day. On some core modules, physical attendance for an examination was required and here for me as an international student, again Durham had provided an effective option. I was able for a small fee, to complete my exams at the British Council in exam conditions in Bern.

The lack of human interaction is overcome by Student Discussion boards and like many things: “you get out what you put in”. If you engage with your tutor and fellow students, you are likely to learn and gain more. A student needs to be realistic and understand that an MBA must be earned and the prestige of holding an MBA comes partly from the fact that standards are high. Looking back, there are two modules which really stand out for me, in terms of student co-operation which proved to me that the distance learning process can work equally as well as physical contact.

Durham for me provided an excellent standard of learning, in a co-ordinated and professional manner and I am proud to have been associated with the course and the University. For those in a similar position to myself, in completing a course over 3-4 years you need to factor into your plan that a great deal can happen in that time which may impact your studies. In my case, moving twice and having two additional children and two new jobs. The one constant however was the enjoyable challenge of the MBA.

For many of the modules, I was able to relate the specific requirements to issues which impacted my employer of the time and in terms of some assignments I submitted, I was proud of the standard of these, using work access and the Duo resources to add academic and theoretical input. In the end I was able to achieve an MBA with Distinction.

I cannot specifically point to the MBA providing me with a new employment opportunity, but it has helped provide a wider commercial knowledge and business acumen which has assisted with my promotion to Global Head of Transfer Pricing whilst also holding a divisional Tax Director role for a US based multinational.

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"I became more strategic, analytical, and intelligent while studying for the degree and the MBA developed my communication, managerial, and technical competencies."


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"I became more strategic, analytical, and intelligent while studying for the degree and the MBA developed my communication, managerial, and technical competencies."


Travis Callaway MBA graduate

Your Durham MBA journey will challenge, inspire and provide you with business knowledge and experience which will enable you to enhance your career aspirations. It will also expand your network and further develop the capabilities you need to succeed in a dynamic and rapidly changing world.

"The Online MBA was challenging, but it immediately proved relevant and valuable in my working environment, giving me the confidence to think differently and try new techniques."


Christine Hartridge

“The entire MBA curriculum was challenging, relevant and valuable. The online classes were well-supported by video lectures, discussion boards and collaborative webinars while campus-based classes offered terrific networking opportunities.”


Travis Callaway
Director, Private Equity at Strategic Equity Corp.
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